Monday, July 12, 2010

{TWD} Brr-ownies and my 1000 post


I just realized this is my 1000th post. I should do something special...hmmm suggestions?  How fun for me that my 1000th post falls on my week to pick the Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. Munchkin turned 8 on Saturday so when I realized my week fell on her birthday week I let her help pick the recipe.

Brr-ownies were on my short list and she really wanted brownies as well. I ask you, what could be better than the cool taste of peppermint in the middle of summer? Nothing! :) These were simple to make: one bowl, one cutting board, a knife, a spatula and a whisk. I didn't have to pull out the big equipment which is good since I destroyed my food processor. If you get a chance to make these please do (except for you Ang, I don't think you will like them). They are delicious.

Dorie created these for her son Joshua who keeps a stash of York Peppermint Patties in the Freezer.

Brrr-ownies (found on page 103 of Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan).
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 5 pieces
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup (6 ozs) York Peppermint Pattie Bites (or equal weight of patties) chopped into bits

Getting Ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with foil. Butter the foil and place the pan on a baking sheet.

Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Put the butter in the bowl, top with chopped chocolates and stir occasionally until the ingredients are just melted - you don't want then to get so hot that the butter separates. Remove the bowl from the pan of water.

With a whisk, stir in the sugar. Don't be concerned when your smooth mixture turns grainy. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and whisk vigorously to bring the batter together and give it a shine before gently stirring in the salt and flour; stir only until incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the peppermint pieces. Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with the rubber spatula.








Bake the brownies for 30 to 33 minutes, or until the top is dull and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out almost clean. (The tip of the knife may be a touch streaky) Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to room temperature.
When they are completely cool, turn out onto a rack, peel away the foil and invert onto a cutting board. Cut into 16 2 inch squares.






Did I mention I won a homemade pie baking contest with Dorie's Double Crusted Blueberry Pie?

50 comments:

Di said...

I love all your pictures with the wrapped Peppermint Patties. =) My girls and I had a lot of fun making these. Thanks for a great pick!

Shandy said...

Fantastic choice this week Karen!!!! Loved these brownies.

Your step-by-step pictures look great too! Happy baking =).

Gourmified said...

Seriously delicious! Next time I'll do bigger chunks like yours so I can see the minty patty goodness, too. MMM!!! Thanks for choosing a BIG winner!!!

Lisa
gourmified.blogspot.com

Jules Someone said...

Yum! Great pick! And happy birthday!

Marisa said...

Great step-by-step pics - I could eat the entire bowl of peppermint patties in the last pic. NOM.

Tia said...

thx for a great pick and for the wonderful step by step photos. nice job!

Tia @ buttercreambarbie

Food.Baby said...

Fantastic pick Karen. We can't get peppermint patties here but they were still delicious!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I hop over from Shandy's blog, Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe, sound really good.

Jennifer said...

Your brownies look amazing! I Love all of your pictures and steps!

Kayte said...

Happy 8th to Munchkin and let her know that the guys here enjoyed her pick...although I had to buy the York patties twice b/c they ate them before I could get them into the brownies the first time! Your process photos are wonderful! Happy 1000th post!! Wow.

Romaine said...

1000th post?? I'm impressed. Thanks for hosting this week and picking these brownies. My husband was excited to see peppermint patties in the freezer.

Mary said...

Thanks for a great pick! I had a mint-hater on my hands, so I used peanut butter cups, which was delicious, but I'll definitely be trying this version soon! Love the process photos. I can never remember to do that.

Cakelaw said...

These were a great pick - thanks Karen.

Pamela said...

Thanks for choosing this one! I might have skipped it without you and TWD, but I'm glad I didn't. Congrats on the pie contest. That pie is one of my absolute FAVS! Love it...and I think I need to make it again SOON! Thanks again!

Joy said...

Great photos! I love the shot of the patties. Thanks for the great pick - I loved these!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Great brownies! Thanks for hosting this week!

The Food Librarian said...

Great pick! I messed up and got the pieces. Will try again with proper mints! And congrats on the pie baking contest!!! Awesome. - mary the food librarian

Valerie said...

1,000 posts! Congratulations. What a perfect way to celebrate. Thank you so much for an excellent TWD pick! :D

Jacque said...

Thanks for the pick. These were quite lovely.

Chef Dennis said...

first let me congratulate you on 1000 posts...that is truly an amazing accomplishment...I am in awe!!
then let me tell you that you truly rock!!! those brownies are incredible, edible, loveable, I want one right now, so very very good!
all the best
Dennis

Sweet and Savory said...

I am impressed both with the great brownies you chose and with all those posts. One thousand - a lot of good words.....

Thanks for hosting and a wonderful choice.

The Mortensens said...

I love the step-by-step photos. Thanks for choosing a fun and easy recipe this week!

Flourchild said...

Thanks for hosting this week and for selecting a yummy recipe. I loved the pappermint patties!
Your pictures are great!

Katrina said...

Wow, congrats on 1000 posts and what a fun time to have your TWD pick! My brownies turned out strange for some reason, but edible! It's always fun to try new recipes. Great photos!

Peggy said...

Karen this was a great pick! I used peanut butter cups this time, but I plan to make them again with the mint patties. Great choice and loved your photos.

cindy said...

Great pick--these were delicious. Congrats on the blueberry pie win. I made that pie--it is a winner.

Leslie said...

Congrats on your 1,000th post! That is quite an accomplishment! These were a great pick and we loved them.

Stephanie said...

This was such an awesome choice! Thanks for picking it. Your brownies looks delicious!

Susan said...

Wow! 1000 posts! I have a ways to go, having just recently posted my 100th! :)

Thanks for an amazing pick. I was all set to dislike these and was very surprised to find I loved them. :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

1,000 posts--wow!! thanks for picking such a cool treat this week...these went down easy!

Lauryn said...

WOW - 1000 posts! That is amazing!!! Great blog! And great pick this week! These were delicious!!!

Debbie said...

Hey Daughter Mine, congrats on the 1000th post. I'm going to make those brownies while I'm here with your sister if I can get her to help me with the altitude changes.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Wow, lots of cool things on your blog post this week! So many milestones and events - birthday, pie contest, TWD hosting, and 1000 posts. 1000! That is an amazing accomplishment. Congrats on all of it and thanks for the wonderful pick.

Rachael said...

I bet these were delicious! :)

Mimi said...

Congrats on you 1,000th post and Thanks for the great pick this week. My family enjoyed these minty brownies.
Mimi

Anne said...

I love the step by step pics! Thanks for a great choice- these were a HUGE hit at our house!

margot said...

Great photos and congrats on 1,000 posts - very impressive! This was a great selection for this time of year.

Anavar said...

Congrats for your 1000 post! And thanks for sharing the recipe for these delicious brownies, my favorite dessert.

dharmagirl said...

yummy! thanks for the delicious and simple pick:)

Nickki said...

First of all I'll say congratulations to you on your
1000th post! That's quite an achievement! And well done with the pie contest, how cool is that!

I did a little dance of joy when I saw your pick. I've wanted to make these for the longest time! And I wasn't disappointed. They are delicious! I'll be making these again very soon. Thank you for choosing them!

mike said...

CONGRATS! Also congrats on choosing a winning recipe! LOVED these - and so did everyone who had one. 1000... wow... not sure if I'm out of the 100's yet! Thanks again for a wonderful choice!

cindy said...

Oh yum yum...looks good..

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TeaLady said...

Love the process pics. Wish mine had come out as pretty as yours. Chocolate and mint works for me.

Jaime said...

i need to get an 8 inch pan....yours looks so much better than mine! mine were thin but still tasty though :) thanks for hosting this week!

Liz said...

1000 posts?! Holy moly! You deserve another brownie! :) Yours look fabulous.

jillbert said...

Thanks for the great pick! Mine were sticky but tasty!

AmyRuth said...

Hi Karen, Wow lots of celebrations here....anniversary, birthday, 1000 post as well as "Your Pick" which is so fun. Nicely done and thank you for picking a well rounded recipe. I didn't get a chance to bake along last week but I will catch these later. I've made a recipe similar to these before and I liked them. I know I'll like these too. Hope your list making proves to offer your sanity. hehe
AmyRuth

Carol said...

I'm late with my post, but it's up now. I enjoyed making these, even though they weren't my favorite brownie. A bit sweet for me.

Pam @ Kitchen Cookware said...

I came from Piggy/Grace's site and had to come and I am glad I did!

Congratulations on your 1000th post! Wow, that is some feat! I have a long way to go. Love the brownie recipe!

Winstrol said...

Congrats and thank you for a great recipe.